Heart risks among patients with rare sleep disorder

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – A recent study found finds that people with a rare sleep disorder have an increased risk of cardiovascular events.

Broward Health Pulmonologist and Sleep Specialist Dr. Glenn Singer said the condition, called idiopathic hypersomnia, leads to excessive sleepiness.

The study found that the standard treatment involving stimulants can be risky for some patients.

“If somebody has idiopathic hypersomnolence and if they’re being treated for heart failure, if they’re being treated for high blood pressure, if they’re being treated for atrial fibrillation, it certainly could affect the choice of medicines you want to use,” Singer said.

According to the study the only heart condition that wasn’t significantly more likely among these patients was cardiac arrest.


Two new studies from the CDC found that RSV may cause more severe symptoms in older adults, especially if they have underlying conditions.

RSV kills up to 10,000 people in the United States every year who are 65 and older.

Two RSV vaccines for older adults were approved this past spring and became available last month.


And new federal data shows that while older adults have made up the majority of COVID related hospitalizations this year, few have received an updated booster.

According to a report published by the CDC, adults aged 65 and older made up nearly 63 percent of all COVID-associated hospitalizations between Jan. and Aug. of 2023 but fewer than 25 percent had received the new bivalent booster.

The report found that these older patients were more likely to be white and not be residents of long-term care facilities.

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